IOWA CITY, Iowa — With National Signing Day behind him, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz can now focus on filling out his football staff.
He expects to fill the three current vacancies fairly quickly.
“In a perfect world, over the next two weeks,” Ferentz said. “Hopefully, we can be pretty much in place and really start working forward, although I think it’s realistic to think, you know, in less time than that we can really start making progress in terms of evaluating and thinking about some things and then finish things out.”
“They’re both tremendous people, but I felt like for this program at this time this is (what needed to be done),” Ferentz said, “and we needed to do at this point, and that being said our focus now turns to making sure we get the right people in the right seats over the next couple of weeks and I’ve been working on that as you might imagine.”
He’s already selected his new offensive coordinator, having promoted offensive line coach Brian Ferentz in December.
When asked if Brian Ferentz would stay with the offensive line, Ferentz seemed willing to consider the idea.
“That would present (a) challenge,” Ferentz said, “but I’ve got an open mind. It will get down to the three best candidates the guys that we have all come to agree on and feel good about and keep all possibilities open, but that would certainly present some challenges.”
There may be a position change in store for Brian Ferentz, depending on the other hires.
Now, Kirk Ferentz will spend the new few weeks interviewing candidates. Hiring a coach is a lot like finding his ideal recruit. Ferentz seeks someone who fits in with an established culture.
“We will have everybody in the program exposed to them because I think it’s important,” Ferentz said. “Certainly, their professional expertise is important, but how they get along with everybody, how they work with everybody is critical.
“So that’s all part of the evaluation. That’s all part of the puzzle, and I’ve got an open mind whether it’s experience, age, all those kinds of things, you have certain parameters you might be working in, certain balances you like to keep. But the ultimate goal is to get the three guys that can help us move forward the best and that’s what we’re setting out to do.”
Iowa will need the new staff members to help inject life into the offense. Iowa was 95th nationally in scoring with 24.9 points per game. The aerial attack was the biggest issue keeping the Hawkeyes from the end zone. They were 118th nationally with 153.2 passing yards per game.
“What we need to do is go back and re-evaluate everything we’ve done and start there,” said Brian Ferentz in December. “When we evaluate that, whether it’s personnel, schemes, how we’re doing things, just like we do in any facet, we’ll do the same thing in the run game.”
Iowa is looking for the three best coaches. Odds are it will be offensive coaches, but Kirk Ferentz wouldn’t rule out adding a defensive coach and potentially moving a current staff member to a new position.
“We’re starting to get focused on what we want to do right now and have a pretty good idea about how one is going to go and now we’re focused on candidates for the second position and then the third thing we will get to,” Ferentz said. “So there is still a little bit of wiggle room in there, but I think the plan is starting to come into focus.”